poemless. a slap in the face of public taste.

November 25, 2009

A Veritable Cornucopia of Links.

For your holiday reading pleasure.

Articles:

Inside Higher Ed: Palintology. ~speculates on Sarah Palin’s favorite work of postmodern theory (Jean Baudrillard?) and employs the phrase “performative maverickiness.”

Jeffrey Feldman: “…Why People Like to Stuff People Like You into Ovens” ~explains how to deal with people spouting violent ideology. Starting with: Don’t be afraid.

Chicago Reader: A Kink in the Campaign. ~profiles the S&M master challenging a Chicago Machine candidate for office.

Natalia Antonova: Russia is a “criminal state”? Er… ~calls out Bill Browder for political posturing.

Laws:

Why has the United States not signed on to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

… or the Land Mine Ban Treaty?

Russia, meanwhile introduced a permanent ban on capital punishment, offered to reduce Co2 emissions between 20 percent and 25 percent below 1990s levels by 2010, (which appears to be more than the US is committing to), and has agreed not to fine Ukraine for the next few months, scrapping the tought talk for, ahem, cordial humour. Apparently Putin’s also planning Georgian reunification, too?

Random:

RIAN: Putin’s lost female tiger found. ~even Vova’s cats sometimes run off…

Der Spiegel: Girls for Gadhafi: Libyan Leader Hands out Korans to Hundreds of Italian Beauties. ~in which Brother Leader informs, “you believe that Jesus was crucified, but that didn’t happen. God took him to the heavens. They crucified some guy who looked like him.”

Lit:

Philip Roth is nominated for the “Bad sex in fiction” Award. ~need I say more?

OpenSpace.ru: Сурков признал авторство «Околоноля» ~Viktor Erofeev says Surkov confessed to authoring that gangsta-fiction book.

Recommends:

Tool: translate.google.com. You knew it could translate for you, but did you know it could do a translated search for you?

Blog: Izo.com. Fully of art, kitsch, gossip and NSFW brilliance.

Books: Platforme, by Houellebecq, and We, by Zamyatin. Nice uplifting holiday fare…

And on that note, have a happy Thanksgiving. In honor of which I present a Turkey Day Classic:

Eat up!

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2 Comments »

  1. Wow. Readership & comments are way down. I’m going to attribute it to holiday distractions and not some kind of boycott… Feedback welcomed!

    Comment by poemless — November 28, 2009 @ 1:55 PM | Reply

  2. Haha, Plateforme uplifting for the holidays?!!! Cute. Did I tell you the story about suggesting to my da that he have his reading group read it his month? Let me tell you I heard about that! Could have been worse, could’ve been les Particules élémentaires.

    (Quick review not totally correct about the apparent condoning of whatnot and the other…Houllebecq himself being quite explicit on many occasions about searching reactions to, and not agreement with, the hypotheses or viewpoints presented…for me this explains the gratuitously explicit in his prose – not to tittilate but to repulse, and with a purpose…)

    Guess I’m going to check out Zamyatin, huh? Think I have to now.

    Comment by John Redmond — December 8, 2009 @ 5:42 PM | Reply


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